Oscar curse dogs leading ladies

By Emily Morgan

March 18, 2010 at 9:29am

Win an Oscar, lose a husband?

Reports surfaced yesterday that Sandra Bullock is having marital problems. If true, Bullock could become the sixth actress in the last 10 years to go through a breakup after winning the Oscar for best actress.

When Bullock canceled her appearance at the London premier of The Blind Side on Wednesday, Warner Brothers issued the following statement: “Due to unforeseen personal reasons a trip abroad to support The Blind Side has been deemed impossible at this time.”

The tabloid In Touch Weekly published a report that Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, a tattoo model, said she had an affair with Bullock’s husband, Jesse James, while his wife was shooting The Blind Side. The rumors have not been confirmed by Bullock or James.

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock

The report hit newsstands just two weeks after the Oscars, when James appeared on the red carpet with his wife and told the press how proud he was of Bullock after she won.

Another Oscar split was announced earlier this week, when Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes confirmed they were ending their seven-year marriage. Winslet won the 2008 Academy Award for best actress for her performance in The Reader.

Is there a pattern or do the splits merely reflect the brief life expectancy of all Hollywood relationships?

The ax seems to fall more frequently on the women. Sean Penn (winner of the best actor award for his performance in 2008’s Milk) is the only man to have been divorced in the last ten years after winning a leading actor Oscar.

Reese Witherspoon was named best actress for the 2005 movie Walk the Line. She filed for divorce from husband Ryan Phillippe in November, 2006.

Hilary Swank, who failed to thank then-husband Chad Lowe in her first Oscar acceptance speech for Boys Don’t Cry, won the award for best actress a second time for the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby. Swank and Lowe separated in 2006.

Charlize Theron split from her longtime boyfriend Stuart Townsend this year. The couple was dating when Theron took home the Oscar for her performance in the 2004 movie Monster.

Halle Berry split from her husband of three years, Eric Benet, after winning the Oscar for the 2001 film Monster’s Ball.

Julia Roberts, who dated Benjamin Bratt for four years, was awarded the best actress for Erin Brockovich at the 2000 awards. Roberts and Bratt ended their relationship in June of 2001.

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